Saturday, 6 June 2015

Arundel Castle and Gardens

Arundel Castle SummerEarlier today, I posted a photo of myself (or rather, the back of my head) in the gardens of Arundel Castle on Instagram.  For a while, I wondered how on Earth to put into words how I felt; how I felt about the beautiful weather, how I felt about the spectacular gardens, how I felt about the fascinating castle and on and on.  Eventually, I settled for an accompanying caption that summed up every thought and feeling I had on the day, one of my favourite quotes:

''Summertime is always the best of what might be''     


Arundel Castle Summer

Arundel Castle Summer
Arundel Castle Summer

Arundel Castle is located in West Sussex, an area I'm not hugely familiar with, however I love exploring new places and never more than when a positive experience is guaranteed.  Every corner of the internet pointed to Arundel being an incredibly pleasant and welcoming area, so throw in a castle and I figured it was time for a day trip!  Conveniently, parking was directly outside one of the entrances (and an ice cream stand where I may or may not have devoured a salted caramel ice cream), which made for an easy entrance.

Fascinatingly, the castle is still inhabited, making it one of the longest inhabited country houses in England.  As you'll know from my Barcelona Travel Diary, I very much admire Gothic style architecture, making the three hours spent wandering through Arundel Castle a total pleasure, for the house was almost completely rebuilt in this style between the 1870s and 1890s.  I really wish I could have taken photos within the castle however due to restrictions on that front, their online gallery will have to suffice!

Note: photography is not allowed inside the castle, however is welcomed throughout the extensive grounds.    

Arundel Castle Summer


Arundel Castle Summer

After enjoying a (very generous) slab of cake at the castle's restaurant, next on the cards was to explore the gardens and surrounding smaller buildings.  Key features include the English Herbaceous Borders (that include Delphiniums, Geraniums and Roses), The Tropical Glass House and the Fitzalan Chapel.  Although the chapel building seems small from outside, upon entering you're immediately dwarfed by the sheer height of the building and elongated, elaborate stained glass windows.  I got a definite 'holiday vibe' from my time spent in the Fitzalan chapel, as the hit of cold air after experiencing humidity outdoors reminded me of the many chapels and cathedrals visited in Europe over the years during warm, humid summers.

Arundel Castle Summer
Arundel Castle SummerOne of these days, I may just stop wearing jeans, peasant blouses and my super-handy cross-body bag, but clearly this was not the day.  Admittedly, it was probably a little too warm to have my legs covered, but thankfully there's a whole summer stretched out ahead of us and so there's plenty of time yet for dresses and skirts!

Blouse - H&M




Bag - Ralph Lauren

Necklace - John Greed


Arundel Castle Summer


Arundel Castle Summer
Arundel Castle Summer
Arundel Castle is worth visiting for the walled gardens alone.  With views of Arundel Cathedral towering above just metres away, it reminded me of when I visited the Christmas Markets in Koln last December and had the spectacular Cologne Cathedral (Dom) constantly in my peripheral vision!  Interestingly, the Earl's Garden is a tribute to Thomas Howard 14th Earl of Arundel (1585 to 1646) and as far as tributes go, this one has to put all others to shame.  There are water fountains, Italianate upper terraces covered in Tulips (my favourite flower!) and more terracotta pots than I can possibly remember.  To put the beauty into perspective, I can tell you I only came across about four people who didn't have their cameras glued to their faces!


The three images directly below depict what is, in my opinion, the most beautiful area of Arundel Castle's grounds.  There were scenes within the castle that were more elaborate and historical, however for me, nothing beats a 'summer scene'.  The deep aqua colour of the water, the flashes of gold on the wooden vases and the explosion of colour provided by the flowers - it was heavenly!


Arundel Castle Summer

Arundel Castle Summer
If you're ever in the castle's area (West Sussex) or you happen to be travelling to the English countryside at some point in the near future, I can't stress enough how brilliant it would be to visit Arundel Castle.  There's so much to explore and learn about, it'd be impossible not to enjoy the combined history and tranquility.  My advice?  Pick a sunny day and remember to bring your camera!

Arundel Castle Summer
Summer Flower Photography

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. That castle looks so pretty! I want to visit!
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    1. You definitely should - you won't be disappointed!

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  2. I went past Arundel castle a few summers ago when I had to head back to Germany. When I saw it I immediately wished I would have had more time to go and ever since, I so want to go but it is a bit of a long drive from the Cheltenham area (where I currently am). Your pictures are gorgeous and I love the green house picture the most. I'm happy to see you had fantastic weather to go explore this beautiful castle. Hope you're well and we'll speak soon.

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    1. It's such a pity you didn't quite make it to Arundel Castle, perhaps you can swing by on your next visit to the area! Thanks so much for your kind words, the green house/glasshouse impressed me too, Carolin :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. beautiful, I would love to visit
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    1. I hope that you do at some point!

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  4. Nice inspirations!!
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  5. What a beautiful place, your photos are gorgeous! This really looks like a fantastic place to spend the day exploring. I would love to visit!

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    1. Thanks so much Keisha, I had a really lovely day there exploring the castle and grounds!

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  6. What a beautiful place! I love exploring new places too :) If I had the money I'd traveling around the world right now :)

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    1. That sounds like a fantastic idea, let me just pack my suitcase and i'll join you! ;)

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  7. u look beautiful Honey! :) great photos and gret scenery! :)
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  8. wow, I really your pictures ! xo
    Can we follow eachother ? Let me know on my blog and I will follow back immediately xo

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  9. aaah I actually went there once with my mom when we did a gardens and houses of south england tour haha.

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    1. That's so great to hear - a tour of gardens and houses in the South England sounds incredible! :)

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  10. how gorgeous. i'm a history freak when it comes to castles and even more if they have such amazing gardens around ! another place to add on my list to visit.

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    1. Oh you and me both, although I tend to be more interested in the gardens than the property.. depending on the weather, of course!

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  11. This is such an incredible place, and is so breathtaking! I bet the inside was as gorgeous as it looks on the outside!! x
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    1. I'm really pleased you think so too, Isabella! The architecture and design of the interior really was spectacular :)

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  12. Cute and thank you so much for your support!! I deeply appreciate it ;)
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  13. Super pretty photos! I love them!
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  14. Such a beautiful place. Love the pictures!

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    1. It's certainly worth visiting, that's for sure!

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  15. Oh my what stunning photos, you visit the best places :)

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    1. That's so great to hear, glad you're enjoying my travel posts!

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  16. Omg that is GORGEOUS!! Oh to be a princess and live in such a place!!

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    1. That's a lovely idea.. time to find a frog to kiss! ;)

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  17. WOWOWO!!! A CASTLE!!! AMAZZZZZZZZING!!!! You're a princess in it! Just LOVVVVE your blouse! kisses
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    1. Haha I love your enthusiasm! Thanks so much girls, the blouse is by H&M!

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  18. wow! that place looks incredible! such breath taking views! love it :)

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    1. The views really were spectacular, particularly from the castle!

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  19. Oh wow, the quote is beautiful and an entirely perfect one for Arundel. Such gorgeous photos, too, I want to visit there one day!

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    1. So glad you think so May, I hope you find yourself wandering around this castle as well some time soon! :)

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  20. The place looks amazing.
    I will definitely visit it
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    1. That's great to hear, I look forward to hearing what you think of it!

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  21. Wonderful castle! The gardens are simply amazing!

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    1. They were a lovely surprise, that's for sure!

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  22. Im in love with your photos - absolutely gorgeous!!!! Actually I just love your blog!! Everything about it is so elegant, so pretty! I love it!!!

    Only thing missing is a few chocolates haha! :)

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    1. This was such a heartwarming message to receive, thank you so much Layla! I'm so glad you're enjoying my blog :)

      Ps. I'll endeavour to feature more chocolate on my blog haha

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  23. Beautiful photos! It looks like such a fun day out and the gardens are amazing! :) xx

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    1. Thanks Nevena! It really did make for a wonderful day out in the sunshine..

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  24. OMg the place looks very beautiful! I have always wanted to go to the botanic garden in UK but I have no idea where T_T However, enjoy the weekend! xx

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    1. Ah, there really are so many beautiful gardens/places in the UK, it's just a matter of finding the time to visit them all haha! :)

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  25. Amazing pics
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  26. This looks like such a beautiful place, these are really pretty pictures :) xx

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    1. Thank you Sammie, I had my camera glued to me on this day haha :)

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  27. such stunning pics!! beautiful post

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  28. That looks like the perfect place to be on a sunny and warm day.

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, the summer really was made for exploring places like this..

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  29. wow,that placeis so beutiful
    you look great too

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  30. love it :)
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  31. Stunning pictures, this castle is amazing. *__*
    Have a nice evening...

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    1. Castles have the potential to be SO fascinating!

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  32. Just so gorgeous! It must be even prettier in person! Another place to get to someday

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    1. It really was breathtakingly beautiful in certain areas - oh yes, it's one for your list! :)

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  33. I really like your photos, both caste and gardens are stunning and I'm sure that you spent amazing time on that trip, dear Gabrielle :)

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    1. That's so lovely to hear, thank you! I really did have a fantastic day..

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  34. Wow! amazing scenery and You look cute Honey:)) I love Your hair:)

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  35. The cake sounds incredible. I feel like a castle is the perfect place for a nice piece of cake. I love these photos. Your hair is so long! :]

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    1. That's a great point, from now on I shall never visit a castle again without indulging in a slice of cake! ;)

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  36. Girl, you need your own Travel Channel show ;) Absolutely loving these pictures. Arundel Castle looks magnificent, and I'm sure it's much more breathtaking in person. I really wish I'd had more time to travel around England while I was abroad; sadly, I just stuck to London for the time being. Oh well, there's always next time right, hehe?

    I'm also a big fan of Gothic architecture! The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona was stunning. Arundel is right up my alley!

    So glad I discovered your lovely blog today Gabrielle! :-) Really excited for your upcoming posts and I can't wait to follow you on more adventures.

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    1. Haha that is quite possibly the greatest thing I've ever been told! Arundel Castle really is spectacular and I only wish I could have shared the castle's interior here as well - although yes, if you visit England again.. you can see it for yourself! :) It's great to hear someone else is a fan of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and thank you so much for your kind words, I'm so glad to have connected with you via blogging!

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  37. These photographs are absolutely stunning! I love it!

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  38. omg!! the gardens are so beautiful!!! :)

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  39. what fun adventures! super fun pictures!
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  40. Both the castle and the grounds look really spectacular. It's really fascinating that it is actually inhabited. What a lovely treat for you to be able to visit and tour around. Thanks for sharing the experience with us!

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    1. It really is very interesting - I even spotted a bottle of Pantene shampoo tucked down the side of one of the grand baths haha! ;)

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  41. Wow the gardens are just amazing! I can't imagine who could possibly live there???

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    1. You can find out more on that front under the 'History' category of the castle's website!

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  42. This is insanely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. I definitely need to travel more
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  43. Love your casual chic style and the castle grounds are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Holy crap wow! I would love to go here!
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  45. These pictures are so beautiful! I have never been to a castle before but I can imagine from your pictures that it would be a sight. Can you imagine living in that? It must be crazy!
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    1. Living in a castle would certainly be a dream come true for many.. although it may get a little eery at night!!

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  46. Such a great place and really nice pictures! You look awesome :)

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  47. A wonderful princess in heaven :)))
    Have a lovey week ahead!

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  48. Yes, I would like to go here, it is marvellous. So perfect. They've done an amazing job with the gardens too!! Wonderful pictures my dear. Have a great week ahead xx

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    1. They really have - there were so, so many gardeners pottering about keeping the gardens in tip-top condition! :)

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  49. Oh my, that castle is stunning! This is one of the many reasons I love Europe, so much history and beautiful palaces and castles. x

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  50. The castle and gardens are absolutely stunning!
    I also love what your wearing too- those sandals are gorgeous.
    I need to fly to England asap! ^_^

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  51. Wow that castle is seriously breathtaking. You're so lucky there are so many castles to explore in the UK :) Also I love your jeans and peasant blouse combo! Never stop wearing them xx

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    1. I certainly do feel very lucky with regard to the amount of history waiting to be discovered/explored! Oh thank you, I probably wear the combo far too often haha :)

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  52. Stunning photos dear!! Amazing place!!

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  53. Beautiful location!! It reminds me of my childhood when I was living in Bonn, Germany I used to see castles like these on high hilltops all the time whenever my family and I used to drive around <3

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    1. Your childhood sounds as though it was spent in a very beautiful location, you lucky thing Kylie!!

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  54. It is absolutely majestic! The grounds are so vast! Gorgeous! I love the little fountains pouring water into the larger body of water. I bet it was tranquil, peaceful and it exhudes serenity. Thanks for sharing this with us Gabrielle.
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    1. 'Majestic' is the perfect word to describe Arundel Castle - everything was so beautiful there! It really was a very tranquil place to walk through and even though it was busy, it was wonderfully quiet at the same time :)

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  55. The castle looks amazing! Nice clicks.
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    1. It's definitely worth visiting!

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  56. This looks so incredible Gabrielle! It really doesn't look like England haha (yay-good weather :D) That architecture is beautiful and it's crazy that someone actually lives there! The gardens are spectacular and you are looking as lovely as ever in your peasant blouse :)


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    1. I know what you mean, sunshine isn't something you immediately associate with England ;) The architecture was spectacular and I can't tell you how much I wish I could have shared the interior design on my blog as well! Thanks very much Rachel, so sweet of you to say!

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  57. This castle looks lovely! It reminds me of a castle I saw in Germany :)

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  58. This place looks amazing! Absolutely breathtaking xx
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  59. What a beautiful place. Looks so romantic, kinda out of a fairy tale book. Amazing pics. Love your outfit Gabrielle, the top is beautiful. I love your hair, girl, it's gorgeous!
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    1. Castles often tend to seem straight off the pages of a fairytale book, I know what you mean! Oh that's really lovely of you to say Lenya, thanks so much! :)

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  60. Love this place. The castle and the town, everything. x

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  61. Oh wow! I adore gothic architecture, these photos (as always) are stunning <3 xx

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    1. It's nice to know someone else admired gothic architecture - it can be so fascinating!

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  62. Fantastic post dear!

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  63. This place looks absolutely stunning, what gorgeous views and gardens! I love the stained glass windows too, so pretty and you look lovely as well! - Tasha

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    1. I love how you noticed the stained glass windows, they certainly are rather beautiful! Thank you so much for your compliment Natasha :)

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  64. The gardens are way too gorgeous and this whole place looks and sounds way too magical! You make us want to visit so many cool spots that are out of reach ;)

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  65. Amazing shooting darling! Lovely place! You're so beautiful!!
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  66. What an amazing pictures, Gabrielle! They are all stunning! That place is magic, I would love to go there someday! Thank you so much for sharing, I love this kind of posts! xx

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  67. It looks like you had an amazing time, after of course devouring your salted carmel ice-cream, which is now having me craving ice-cream, so thanks for that! haha. This castle is definitely worth booking a trip to England - If only I could make a trip this summer. I have always wanted to visit England and hopefully I will one day when the time is right. I have always been so fascinated by castles and their amazing architecture and history. This castle is definitely worth a day of exploring gathered by this post and stunning photos! Have a great week Gabrielle:-).

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    1. Haha my apologies for prompting a salted caramel ice cream craving, Elizabeth! I hope you make your way to England some time soon and love it as much as you think you will :) It's always lovely to hear from you.. have a fantastic weekend

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  68. This is gorgeous, lovely! So majestic :D


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  69. What a lovely place! I love the vast greeneries around Arundel Castle! Makes it a great place to unwind and be one with Mother Nature! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. What a beautiful way of putting it Lena, you've described exactly what was so relaxing about Arundel Castle :)

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  70. The one thing that I truly love about Europe is the amazing collection of castles that are available for visits. I also love that there are more pictures of you on the blog, Gabrielle. You have such a pretty face and it's lovely to see more of you here.

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    1. My fingers are crossed there's more than one thing you love about Europe ;) Joking aside though, you make a good point, there's a lot of history to uncover! You're so kind for saying so Shireen, thank you - you've made my day :)

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  72. Wow! So gorgeous. I love how easy it can be to find new things to see without having to get on a plane. I think that about my state and region in the US a lot. Even my city. It's fun to be a local tourist sometimes. :) XO -Alexandra

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    1. I don't often think about it that way, but you make a very valid point.. and one I should remind myself of more often! Thanks for your comment, Alexandra!

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  73. Hello Gaby! I love castles! I am actually staying in one (not quite as splendid and big as Arundel's but super cute) this summer while visiting Italy and I can't wait for the moment to arrive. Arundel's castle seems to be the kind of place we Americans only see in movies and that I would love to visit one day. Visiting England is on my bucket list and I will definitively contact you for advice when the time arrives. Love the peasant top you are wearing and you look super beautiful as always. Your hair is so pretty and long!!! Hugs and kisses your way Gaby! Jeannette

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    1. Hey Jeannette! How exciting that you'll be staying in a castle when visiting Italy later in the year, I know you'll have a fabulous time :) I'm glad Arundel Castle has made it on to your bucket list and yes of course, I'd be more than happy to help you out when the time arrives!

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  74. Always wanted to go there. Nice shots.
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  75. Great post! This place looks beautiful. :-)
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  76. Woow!!! This place looks sooo beautiful Xxx

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  77. Beyond GORGEOUS!! Holy Hannah, I want to go there so bad. I love castles and being able to actually walk in the beautiful gardens of one is one of my dreams. I have to agree with you those last 3-4 photos are so dreamy and perfect. That water fountain...the stuff fairytales are made of. le sigh... If I lived by this place I'd probably be taking photos every day for outfit posts and the such. Such a fairytale. I love your outfit by the way, really love your blouse.

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    1. Haha I love your enthusiasm Margarita. There's certainly something attractive about walking through the grounds/gardens of a castle and it doesn't get any dreamier than water fountains! Oh thank you, it's by H&M :)

      Gabrielle x

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  78. Beautiful castle and gardens, I've visited many castles in Yorkshire but not down south, I'd love to visit this castle in the future :) xo

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    1. It sounds as though we need to swap for a week - I'm yet to visit many places in Yorkshire!

      Gabrielle x

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